Nine news boss backs 60 Minutes future

Nine is committed to 60 Minutes for “the next 40 years” says news boss Darren Wick -a hefty commitment in TV-land but one that was in response to a media article.

The Sunday Telegraph had speculated the long-running current affairs show was facing the axe in a move to save $20m in costs.

But Wick has told The Australian, “The future of 60 Minutes has never been in question. It’s one of our strongest and longest-running brands and a program we are immensely proud of.

“It’s been telling amazing stories for 40 years, and we’re looking to it telling even better stories for the next 40 years.”

Wick also conceded, “Yes, we’ve had to make some difficult decisions at all news and current affairs programs. But I don’t think they’re an island in the media on that.”

The newspaper also claims 4 staff on A Current Affair lost jobs last week.

6 Comments:

  1. I remember a few years ago when ratings were a problems that they (channel 9) said the show would return to a set timeslot (to something the glorious day when it was set for 7:30 pm Sunday for most of it’s existence). What happen to that simple plan?

    • It’s not a question for Nine.
      Nine’s owned-and-operated stations are in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
      It’s a question for Southern Cross Austereo who operates Nine’s channels in some regional markets. And it is for Southern Cross Austereo who is reasonable for the reporters on the ground.
      Being blunt Nine only cares about their owned-and-operated stations, all other markers Nine just gets a percentage of the ad revenue. How often do you see Nine reporting a story about regional Australia on ACA? (One a week if you are lucky) (Same goes to 7 and 10 not just 9).

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